Follow the drums and chanting. The annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Powwow will fill Queens County Farm Museum’s apple orchard with colorful costumes, ancient rituals and beautiful art all weekend.

About 180 individuals from more than 40 Indian Nations will match wits in this dance competition and cultural exchange as they have for the past 40 years over the last full weekend in July. Lewis Mofsie, a nationally recognized authority on Native American history and culture, will serve as the master of ceremonies, and attendees can expect to see everything from the Grass Dance from the Great Plains Peoples to the Jingle Dress Dance of the Ojibwa communities.

The schedule is as follows: Friday, July 27, from 7 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, July 28, from noon to 5 p.m. and again from 7 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, July 29, from noon to 5 p.m.

Jewelry and crafts makers will sell their products (i.e. Kachina dolls, embroidery), and food vendors will offer favorites such as Fry Bread, Navajo Tacos and Alligator Jerky. Plus, a traditional bonfire ceremony will fire up at about 8:30 p.m. on the first two nights.

A day pass is $10 each ($5 for children ages 12 and under) with weekend passes that cost $16 a piece ($7 for children ages 12 and under). Queens County Farm Museum spreads over 47 acres in Glen Oaks with an entrance at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy.

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